Recording Serato Intro with Audacity

Specs: Windows 10, Audacity 2.1.1, .exe installer

I’m trying to record the master output from Serato Intro (a DJ software) in Audacity. Basically, what online tutorials say is to get an RCA to 3.5mm audio jack cable, and route the output from your controller to the audio jack input on your computer. You’re then supposed to choose this input in Audacity and record.

Look at this page:

On the Serato site, it says, for Macs, if you have a single input for headphones, you have to change it to an audio input in the settings. However, for Windows, there’s no such option (as far as I know). I have a single audio port too, so I’m wondering how to set that port to be an input only.


Most Windows machines don’t convert to anything else. I use a Behringer UCA202 for stereo connections. It’s good quality, inexpensive, bi-directional, and certified for overdubbing.

Hard to beat.

I have two.


There are other variations. The UCA222 is bright red and the UFO202 has a phono preamp built-in.


Like Koz says, to do this right, you need an external USB interface with line inputs. Or, you can use a desktop/tower computer with a regular soundcard and line-inputs.

Don’t get a “USB Soundcard” because these are like laptops with only mic-in and headphone-out.

I have a single audio port too, so I’m wondering how to set that port to be an input only.

It’s a TRRS connector (4-conductor) with an extra connection for a microphone. Regular headphones will work, but a “regular” 3.5mm microphone will not.

*There are 3 issues -

  1. You need a special [u]TRRS Adapter[/u] to make the microphone connection.

2. It’s a microphone input, which is too sensitive for a line-level (or headphone-level) signal and it’s usually low quality.

3. The mic input is mono and I assume you want to record stereo.

Thanks guys, I might look into purchasing an interface.